What is Excisional Skin Surgery?
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Our expert team of Board Certified dermatologists and physicians provide the most comprehensive dermatological examinations and treatments encompassing all aspects of medical, pediatric, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology.
Excisional skin surgery is defined as the surgical removal of either a benign or malignant skin lesion. Excisions are performed in the office under the safety of local anesthesia. The surgery is usually performed with a scalpel and removes the lesion with a margin of normal skin and underlying tissues. The size of the margin often depends on whether the lesion is benign or malignant. After the lesion has been excised, the surgical site may be closed with sutures or it may be ideal to allow it to heal on its own (referred to as healing by secondary intention).
Before any skin surgical procedure is performed, the dermatologist or physician assistant will review your medical background for safety and will discuss the different treatment and closure options with you. Upon the completion of the surgery, you will receive both written and verbal instructions and will most likely be scheduled to return for a follow-up visit in one to two weeks.